Orionid Meteor Shower of 2012 in Photos

San Jose Meteor Oct. 17, 2012

Lick Observatory (via YouTube as Erik Kovacs)

Lick Observatory posted a video of the California fireball that appeared Oct. 17, 2012. They wrote: "Raw footage of meteor breaking up over San Jose captured by our security camera from the Lick Observatory. (Camera is a little out of focus and tilted) Round structure to the left is the 40 inch Nickel refracting telescope dome. Lights in the background are from the San Jose cityscape."

October 2012 Orionid Meteor Shower

Starry Night Software

The Orionids are remnants of Halley’s Comet scattered along its orbit, one of the finest meteor showers in the year. The meteors appear to radiate from a point just between Orion’s club and the Gemini twins’ feet, but may be seen anywhere in the sky.

Meteors from Halley's Comet


Meteors emerge from Halley's Comet as it travels through the solar system.

2012 Orionid Over Utah

Jeffrey Root

Astrophotographer Jeffrey Root took this photo of an Orionid meteor on Oct. 21, 2012, in the western desert of Utah.

2012 Orionid Meteor Shower Near Phoenix, AZ

Eric Bender

Astrophotographer Eric Bender caught the Orionid meteor shower in the desert just outside Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 22, 2012.

2012 Orionid Meteors Over Red Canyon State Park, CA

Jason Hullinger

Astrophotographer Jason Hullinger took some shots of the Orionid meteor shower in Red Canyon State Park, CA near Mojave/California City, Oct. 21, 2012. This shot combines three consecutive frames, and includes two different meteors and a car passing by to light up the cliffs.

2012 Orionid Meteor Over Blairsville, GA

Jodi Martin

Astrophotographer Jodi Martin shot this Orionid meteor over Blairsville, GA, Oct. 21, 2012.

2012 Orionid Meteor Over Louisa, VA

David Murr

Astrophotographer David Murr caught an Orionid meteor over Louisa, VA, Oct. 21, 2012.

2012 Orionid Meteor Over Hatteras, NC

Michelle Vann

Astrophotographer Michelle Vann sent in a photo of an Orionid meteor she took in the Outer Banks (Hatteras, NC), on Oct. 21, 2012.

2012 Orionid Over Las Vegas, NV

Larry D. Helwig

Astrophotographer Larry D. Helwig took this photo of an Orionid meteor in the western suburbs of Las Vegas, NV, looking toward the Strip, Oct. 21, 2012.

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